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Tears of joy, tears of sorrow

by Evan | Jul 26, 2016
Tears of joy came pouring out of me so hard I couldn't see well enough to actually finish reading the book. The lovers were going to be reunited despite years of separation across thousands of miles when communication had been impossible. And I already knew this.

I'd read Thomas Costain's The Black Rose when I was a teen-ager, but when I re-read it a few months ago, it affected me more deeply than it had the first time. Years of "life experience" can do that to you, I suppose -- give you an appreciation for emotions you can War and Remembrancebarely comprehend when you are young. I suspect the same thing would happen if I re-read Herman Wouk's War and Remembrance, even though I was already in my 30s when I anguished over Natalie's fate.

And speaking of war, when I was young, I thrilled at combat scenes in books and movies. Now, having been fortunate enough to escape war across a decently long life, I start to cry over personal war stories, especially if they involve Union soldiers in the Civil War or innocents resisting the Nazis. There are people who sacrifice themselves for noble causes, and there are people who live on to gradually appreciate what the others gave up and wonder if they could have done the same.

Love. Sacrifice. Is there something in books or shows that makes you cry? Nostalgia? Tragic failure? Shock? A big reason we have all these stories in the library is to encourage emotional expression and emotional connection. What kind of story moves you?

EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.


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  1. Evan | Aug 03, 2016
    Thanks, Genie. Well said. 
  2. Genie | Aug 02, 2016
    I just finished the book Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas and there was a part in it that brought me to tears.  There was a grumpy father who was dying with cancer but before he died he became very nice and loving.  It happened over a period of time so it seemed real not forced.  This man was so at peace when he passed it made me cry.  It made me think back to my own father.  I wish I would have seen this kind of change in him before he passed.

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